Baraza is a unique boutique resort built in a distinctive Swahili design. There are Indian and Arabic influences clearly present too in the curated antiques, handmade Zanzibari furniture and elaborate architecture.
Essque Zalu, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar Archipelago
Set in lush tropical gardens overlooking the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, Essque Zalu Zanzibar combines contemporary luxury with traditional style thatched buildings. A large jetty extends out from the cliffs at the front of the property and provides a spectacular spot for evening cocktails and light breezy lunches. At high tide when much of the white sandy beach disappears, it is possible to swim here or in the large infinity pool, which offers stunning views of the water.
Part of the Preferred Boutique Collection group, the hotel has 40 suites and nine three- and four-bedroom villas. Each suite has a large master bedroom and private bathroom, sitting room and outside terrace or balcony overlooking the gardens, pool or ocean. They are all equipped with flat-screen televisions, air conditioning and wireless Internet. The villas also each have their own private pool and massage room as well as dining facilities where guests can prepare their own meals, or get a chef to cook for them on request.
There are three restaurants: the Gourmet Deli, which serves fresh local organic produce, the A La Carte restaurant and the more relaxed Jetty bar. There is also a kids club and well-equipped spa offering a range of treatments.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
A stay at Breezes Beach Club & Spa makes for a true Zanzibari experience. Set on soft white sands, it offers guests the chance to completely unwind whilst still providing a good range of activities for those who need a break from the beach.
Overlooking the sparkling sea, sprinkled with traditional dhow boats, the focus at Kilindi Zanzibar is on great service, exclusivity, fantastic fine dining and rooms that are so lovely you won’t want to leave them.
Matemwe is a small friendly hotel, built on a low coral cliff overlooking the ocean. The beach has dazzling snow white sand and is very picturesque with its small fishing village.
Pongwe is a peaceful, simple hotel. While perhaps not the best place for party animals, it is ideal for those who enjoy their food and want a relaxed beach experience.
The Serena has an unbeatable location overlooking the Indian Ocean but remaining in the heart of town. It is a superb hotel from which to explore and is a peaceful place to relax if the hustle and bustle of Stone Town gets a bit too much.
Pretty and peaceful, this beachside lodge on Zanzibar’s northeast coast provides simple but relaxing accommodation in spacious cottages. With friendly hosts and tasty Zanzibari food, it makes a rewarding end to a safari, but can also be a welcome escape in its own right.
The Palms is exquisite. It is small, stylish and the staff are excellent. It is perfect for those looking for an exclusive, romantic getaway. We warmly recommend it.
The Residence Zanzibar is a beautiful property situated on the southwest coast of Zanzibar near Kizimkazi village. The villas are spread out across the property, each with its own private pool and sunbathing decking area for complete relaxation.
Unguja Lodge is a small boutique hotel set amongst baobab and mango trees at Kizimkazi on the southern tip of Zanzibar. Perched on a low coral cliff, it's just a 50 metre walk from an idyllic sandy beach.
Tucked away in the Kiponda area of Stone Town, Zanzibar Palace Hotel is a boutique hotel in a beautifully restored Zanzibari house.